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There is no reason COVID sheltering-in-place should stymie your dream of learning to play the violin. In fact, there’s never been a better time to start playing a string instrument. Sheltering-in-place means more time to practice and learn the basic postural, fingering, and playing techniques. And, thanks to the digital world, there are a plethora of online resources available to you.

 

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Elson demonstrates the bow stroke that helps to establish a straight bow and reinforces the martele stroke. We hope you enjoy!

 

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Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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Rather than looking at sheltering in place as an unhappy situation, embrace it. Let's look at this time as a gift and make the most of it by expanding our knowledge and horizons. We’ve put together these resources to pique your interest and hopefully among them, you’ll find something just right for you:

 

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Despite shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates, the good news is there are plenty of ways to keep connecting with our friends, school mates, teachers, colleagues. Even cooler — we can reach out to new people and even music industry experts in other states and countries! To get started, we‘ve pulled together different online tools, platforms, and resources. They’ll help you share and collaborate to create and perform music right from the comfort of your own home (or from wherever you are).

 

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Given the current COVID-19 crisis, music camps are all evaluating their summer offerings. The best way to find out the current status of any of these programs is to contact them directly.

Springtime has arrived and it's that time again for applying to summer music camps. String music camps are a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet passionate musicians from all over the U.S. and the world, to develop skills under the tutelage of the most notable professional string instructors in the industry.

 

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A pps dedicated to musicians and violinists have made it easier than ever to practice, learn, and deepen their understanding of core music theory and technique – even when they’re on the go. Some apps are better than others, so we’ve sifted through the gamut and put forth our favorite apps for learning to play the violin.

 

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On one hand, there are no rules in art. Art is whatever the artist has created. But does that mean all art has merit? Some say no. However, there is plenty of room within that statement to reasonably argue whether a specific work of art has value. Delving deeper, we can easily accept that differences in opinion about artistic value are merely matters of taste. Such as, we can recognize the objective merit of a performance without personally enjoying or being moved by it.

 

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The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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Before recorded music was possible, people had little control or options over the music they could hear. For many centuries, external powers like the church or aristocracy commanded music – they directed its creation and performance.

 

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How Can I Learn to Play the Violin on My Own?

How Can I Learn to Play the Violin on My Own?

There is no reason COVID sheltering-in-place should stymie your dream of learning to play the violin. In fact, there’s never been a better time to start playing a string instrument. Sheltering-in-place means more time to practice and learn the basic postural, fingering, and playing techniques. And, thanks to the digital world, there are a plethora of online resources available to you.

 

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A Short Story On The "Vadim" Bow Stroke

A Short Story On The "Vadim" Bow Stroke

Elson demonstrates the bow stroke that helps to establish a straight bow and reinforces the martele stroke. We hope you enjoy!

 

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2020 Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition

2020 Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition

Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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17 Sources for Learning Music Online While Sheltering in Place

17 Sources for Learning Music Online While Sheltering in Place

Rather than looking at sheltering in place as an unhappy situation, embrace it. Let's look at this time as a gift and make the most of it by expanding our knowledge and horizons. We’ve put together these resources to pique your interest and hopefully among them, you’ll find something just right for you:

 

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Top 36 Remote Music Collaboration Tools for Teachers and Students

Top 36 Remote Music Collaboration Tools for Teachers and Students

Despite shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates, the good news is there are plenty of ways to keep connecting with our friends, school mates, teachers, colleagues. Even cooler — we can reach out to new people and even music industry experts in other states and countries! To get started, we‘ve pulled together different online tools, platforms, and resources. They’ll help you share and collaborate to create and perform music right from the comfort of your own home (or from wherever you are).

 

Read More

Great Summer Music Camps - Apply Now! (Updated for 2020 - Covid-19)

Great Summer Music Camps - Apply Now! (Updated for 2020 - Covid-19)

Given the current COVID-19 crisis, music camps are all evaluating their summer offerings. The best way to find out the current status of any of these programs is to contact them directly.

Springtime has arrived and it's that time again for applying to summer music camps. String music camps are a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet passionate musicians from all over the U.S. and the world, to develop skills under the tutelage of the most notable professional string instructors in the industry.

 

Read More

2019 Update: Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin

2019 Update: Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin

A pps dedicated to musicians and violinists have made it easier than ever to practice, learn, and deepen their understanding of core music theory and technique – even when they’re on the go. Some apps are better than others, so we’ve sifted through the gamut and put forth our favorite apps for learning to play the violin.

 

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Music Interpretation Across the Centuries

Music Interpretation Across the Centuries

On one hand, there are no rules in art. Art is whatever the artist has created. But does that mean all art has merit? Some say no. However, there is plenty of room within that statement to reasonably argue whether a specific work of art has value. Delving deeper, we can easily accept that differences in opinion about artistic value are merely matters of taste. Such as, we can recognize the objective merit of a performance without personally enjoying or being moved by it.

 

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History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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How the Ability to Record Music Changed the Music Industry

How the Ability to Record Music Changed the Music Industry

Before recorded music was possible, people had little control or options over the music they could hear. For many centuries, external powers like the church or aristocracy commanded music – they directed its creation and performance.

 

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